Can someone please get Ruby Rose a tissue? And actually, can you grab us one too, because the “Orange Is the New Black” alum’s story about being cast as The CW’s Batwoman is just too sweet.
Rose told Jimmy Fallon the story when she stopped by “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night, just a few days after landing the role — which also happens to be the first lesbian superhero introduced into the DC Extended Universe. It’s an emotional milestone for the out actress, who has been preparing for this part — unknowingly — since she was a kid.
“The Meg” star told Fallon how she used to make her own toys growing up and fashioned batwings out of recycled cardboard boxes.
“And I would sleep in them and I would run around in them and I would jump off high things,” Rose said. “And she would have to catch. And she just said that we would have to keep like Gaffer taping them because they were like soggy and wet and smelly and gross and I just lived in them… And now I’ll get ones that aren’t made of cardboard.”
Rose also revealed that she found out the big news of her casting an hour before she went to “The Meg” premiere.
“And I was so nervous during the red carpet that I skipped everybody,” Rose said. “I kept spontaneously crying. And I feel like I’m probably gonna do it now.”
“‘Cause I kept thinking like, what if they say, ’cause everyone always says, ‘So what have you got planned next?'” Rose said. “And I thought, ‘Either I’m gonna put my foot in it and accidentally say something. Or I’m gonna start crying and they’re gonna be like, ‘Oh — she doesn’t look so good.'”
“For the rest of your life, you’re gonna be Batwoman!” Fallon said.
“I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is because, you know growing up watching TV I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero.”
Rose will debut as Batwoman during The CW’s annual DC Crossover event this December.
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